How the Owls got their name:
A school up north was publicized as being the best high school football team in the nation. They telegraphed Garland High and challenged them to come up North and play them.
Garland didn't even have a team name.
The night before all the football games, the team from Garland would go to SMU in Dallas and visit all the coeds, so they thought the "Night Owls" would be a good name for the team.
The superintendent, the principal and the coach vetoed the name, so everyone finally agreed on "Owls."
Even though GHS never raised enough money to leave the state, they did get their name from that event.
How the Owls got their colors:
Greenville Texas, which was a big city in 1923, was known as having the best high school football team in Texas. Garland went to Greenville to play, and it was taken for granted that whoever won the game would be declared the state champion. There was no official play-off system in high school football in 1923.
Garland went to play and both teams were red, white, and blue. Greenville asked Garland if they would wear their practice jerseys which were black and gold. Garland agreed, and they won the game, which is one of the biggest upsets in the history of Texas High School football and Garland continues to be black and gold.